In brief

A bioeconomy mythbuster

An unprecedented jam of EU regulations and Brexit are producing question marks, but CEPI’s Deputy Director General Jori Ringman still believes the bioeconomy to hold more promises than threats.

Sifting through new talent

Even though urbanisation, environmental values and the spread of online commerce are creating new business opportunities, you cannot draw a straight line from megatrends to the growth outlooks of Finnish businesses operating in the bioeconomy sector.

Paper is still needed

Kati ter Horst heads Stora Enso’s paper business in a situation where the entire industry has gone through a major change, brought on by gradually declining demand. Yet paper is still a big business.

A bio-based pouch for crisps and nuts

VTT developed a fully bio-based food package with excellent technical properties. The stand-up pouch is coated with, among other things, nanocellulose produced with the HefCel method.

Reactive lignin replaces phenol

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technology that allows the production of reactive lignin from pulp mills’ side streams. Reactive lignin can replace the toxic substances in wood adhesives, for example.

Bioeconomy at a crossroads

While the new applications of energy production are evolving, the current level of innovation and product development are not sufficient for breaking away from oil.

Smooth surfaces

The Finnish start-up company PintaWorks manufactures camera-based inline quality control systems for the paper and printing industries.

Lignin goes further than energy

Traditionally, lignin – the substance that binds wood fibres – has been incinerated along with black liquor in a pulp mill’s soda recovery boiler. The result has been steam and heat for energy use. The exploitation of lignin is nevertheless expanding, since a new technology is also opening doors for its use in bioeconomy applications.